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Medtronic wins CE Mark for MRI-safe leads

March 5, 2012 by MassDevice staff

Medtronic wins CE Mark approval in the European Union for its CapSure Sense SureScan pacing leads, the smallest MRI-safe pacemaker leads.

CapSure leads

Medtronic (NYSE:MDT) won CE Mark approval in the European Union for its latest-generation MRI-friendly pacemaker lead set, the CapSure Sense MRI SureScan.

The leads are the smallest available in the world that allow patients to undergo MRI procedures without risking damage to their devices from the scanners' powerful magnets.

MassDevice.com +3 | The top 3 med-tech stories for March 2, 2012.

March 2, 2012 by MassDevice staff

Families sue Synthes over patient deaths, St. Jude and Stryker tie for most admired company and former Medtronic CEO Hawkins chairs the new med-tech regulatory science research center.

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Say hello to MassDevice +3, a bite-sized view of the top three med-tech stories of the day. This feature of MassDevice.com's coverage highlights our 3 biggest and most influential stories from the day's news to make sure you're up to date on the headlines that continue to shape the medical device industry.

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St. Jude and Stryker tie for most admired company for 2012 | MassDevice.com On Call

March 2, 2012 by MassDevice staff

St. Jude and Stryker are neck and neck for the most admired medical equipment company, according to a survey by CNN Money.

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MASSDEVICE ON CALL — St. Jude (NYSE:STJ) and Stryker (NYSE:SYK) tied for the top spot on this year's CNN Money Most Admired Companies list, generated by a survey circulated among businesspeople who ranked companies based on parameters such as financial soundness and social responsibility.

Are more med students using prostitution to pay tuition? | MassDevice.com On Call

February 29, 2012 by MassDevice staff

The proportion of medical students who claim to know someone using prostitution to pay tuition has more than doubled in the last 10 years, according to a new study.

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MASSDEVICE ON CALL — A growing number of students claim to know a peer who is using prostitution to pay for med school, according to a new study published in the British Medical Journal.

1 in 10 students surveyed claimed to know someone in the sex trade as a last resort for paying tuition, up from 6% of those surveyed in 2006 and 4% in 2002.

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Olympus board resigns en masse | Wall Street Beat

February 27, 2012 by MassDevice staff

The board of directors for beleaguered Olympus Corp. resigns as 1, with the marketing director for its medical device business on tap to step in as president; also, analyst to Medtronic: Sell off the ICD and spine businesses; St. Jude raises dividend; DePuy ASR settlements could reach $1M – each; plus, a Deals Roundup, a Funding Roundup and analysts' ups and downs.

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The new slate of directors for Olympus Corp. (TYO:7733) is already drawing fire from foreign investors in the endoscopy giant, after its entire board resigned en masse over a $1.7 billion accounting scandal that's slashed its valuation by about 50% since October.

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Truth and consequences: The St. Jude Riata ICD lead recall and its possible implications for Durata

February 23, 2012 by MassDevice

By Westby G. Fisher, MD, FACC

Westby Fisher

Today, a remarkable tour de force essay on the St. Jude Medical Riata defibrillator lead recall controversy written by Edward J Schloss, MD, director of cardiac electrophysiology at Christ Hospital in Cincinnati, OH, appears at Cardiobrief.  

CardioFocus launches pivotal trial for HeartLight ablation system

February 22, 2012 by MassDevice staff

CardioFocus treats the first patient in its pivotal trial of the HeartLight endoscopic ablation system for atrial fibrillation.

CardioFocus

CardioFocus successfully treated the first patient in a pivotal trial of its HeartLight endoscopic ablation system for atrial fibrillation.

The HeartLight device is the first of its kind to to allow direct visualization of a beating heart in real time, without using radiation, to allow physicians to better aim delivery of ablation energy, according to a press release.